Help me change my town's leadership!
August 12, 2009 11:30 AM Subscribe
I need some help organizing a group of political newbies to help in small-town politics. Degree of difficulty: many potential helpers will not get involved due to fear of media retribution.
posted by um_maverick to Law & Government (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I live in a small new england town (which I won't name, but if you're familiar with the situation you might know). We have a town meeting form of government. We have a 5-member board of selectmen, a town moderator, and an interim town administrator (the previous TA was fired and has yet to been permanently replaced). Many members of the community are quite frustrated with the current leadership, and two selectmen and the moderator are up for re-election in April. This seems to be the best opportunity for the townspeople to change the leadership, but the devil, as they say, is in the details.
There is a local weekly paper and website in the town that has repeatedly attacked people who have tried to oppose the current leadership. Because of this, many of the people who have been involved in the past are reluctant to get involved again, but there is a new group of people who are all fired up, but have no previous experience. There is, however, one person who has the experience and is willing to stick his neck out.
So, if you're still reading, here are my question(s):
1. With one person who has the background, what sorts of organization/training/etc do the new folks need?
2. Is there a good website service, or software I can install on a website, to help with the organization? I'm hoping for something more than a standard forum/blog. I'd like it to be able to provide communication, planning, fundraising, etc.
3. Any tips from people who have been down this road before? Anything specific with fighting back against a low-budget paper with a decent-sized readership that takes liberties with the truth? I've already documented many of the distortions, but I'm not sure how to get that information to the paper's readers.